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FEATURES Sep 5 2012 3:02PM
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Fran shows off her killer abs.

5 Super Foods For A Flatter Stomach

by Fran of HeyFranHey.com


The mid-section can be one of the most frustrating areas for weight loss. The most common problem being that people will add 100s of crunches and ab workouts to their fitness routines without changing their diets first! A flat tummy is primarily made in the kitchen. As hard as it may be to believe, we all have six packs under there somewhere. It’s our job to eliminate foods, snacks and drinks that make the definition harder to see. In other words, you don’t have to hit the gym to unveil that flatter tummy. You just have to eat the all of the right things! Once you’ve reached your ideal size, if you want more muscle definition, we’ll bring in the ab-rollers and cardio and strength-training workout circuits. But for now, here are five super foods that will help you break down that seemingly stubborn mid-section!



Berries

Try to consume at least half a cup of berries on a daily basis! Not only are they loaded with essential vitamins, but berries are also high in fiber, which will help you feel full longer and keep you regular. If you’re feeling full longer then you’re less inclined to snack throughout the day. And when your body is regular, your metabolism is healthier, resulting in more energy, clearer skin, stronger hair and nice and steady weight loss. A win-win! Additionally, berries like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and black currants are loaded with anti-oxidants, which greatly improve circulation and blood flow! This means your muscles will be healthier and have an easier time developing.

Tuna

Tuna, salmon and other fatty fish are super-rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These acids help speed up your metabolism, which helps reduce any unnecessary fat stored around the body, and helps curb those impulsive cravings! Additionally, tuna is known to aid the body in building tighter and leaner tissue, resulting in less and less room for fat cells. At least two servings per week is commonly suggested.

Whole Grains

Oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice are all rich in fiber, keeping you regular and full longer with fewer calories, unlike the more refined grains like white rice and white flour. Three ½ cup servings per day release chromium and magnesium into your system, which helps control the hormones that store body fat in the mid-section. Whole-wheat bread is another great option.

Avocado

Just half an Avocado contains 10 grams of healthy fats. Don’t be afraid of all fatty foods. Some of them are actually extremely helpful and good for you! When researching the right ones to eat, make sure to look for mono-unsaturated fats, like coconut oil and peanut butter. Avocados, for example, are nutrient-dense and carry nearly 20 different vitamins and minerals in one serving. They also contain an acid that helps combat high cholesterol. Additionally, the mono-saturated fats in avocados help stop the blood sugar spikes that tell your body to store fat around the mid-section.

Almonds

Almonds are probably my favorite and most effective super food for fighting the bulge. They contain magnesium, a powerful mineral that helps build and maintain muscles within the body. They also regulate blood sugar levels, which helps fight those insatiable mid-day cravings that usually throw off your healthy eating goals. Almonds are also loaded with protein, giving you that much needed energy boost to fuel your workouts. Not to mention, these nuts are high in fiber and anti-oxidants, as well. Which we love! A daily dose of 25 almonds a day will help you kick your flat tummy goals in gear.





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